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April 25, 2016
Elgin High School’s Clumsy Chefs Tops in State Again: The U-46 School Board recently recognized eight students from Elgin High School’s culinary arts team, known as the Clumsy Chefs, for finishing tops in the state at the Illinois Restaurant Association Educational Foundation ProStart Student Invitational in February at McCormick Place in Chicago. The students came home with two first place awards, marking the third time in four years EHS ranked first in state. They will now represent the state of Illinois at the national competition in Dallas.

Mayor’s Awards: In early May, the Elgin Heritage Commission and the Downtown Neighborhood Association will honor outstanding contributors to Elgin’s heritage at the prestigious Mayor’s Awards ceremony. The awards recognize those who have preserved and promoted the heritage of Elgin. This year’s recipients include David J. Nelson, Dr. Rise Jones, Kimberly Bauer, ABODE (Admirers of Beautiful Old Dwellings of Elgin), Elgin Bungalow Initiative, Project 2-3-1, Bill Briska, Tim Ramseyer and Patrick Koziol.

GBPL Launches Discover Space Exhibit, Summer Reading Program: In April, Gail Borden Public Library launched an exciting new interactive traveling exhibit entitled “Discover Space: A Cosmic Journey”. The exhibit, which runs now thru July 5, features a full scale replica of the Apollo space capsule control cabin and ties into the library’s award-winning summer reading program dubbed “Mission: Read”, which begins on May 15 and will culminate with an interactive video chat with astronaut Jeffrey Williams live from the International Space Station on June 30.

Fox Trot Features New 10k Run: The 39th Annual Elgin Valley Fox Trot is going to be out of this world! The event takes place on Saturday, May 28 and features a 5K run and 2-mile Walk for a Cause, which benefits local non-profits. The event’s first-ever 10k run is also launching this year. To register for the 39th Annual Fox Trot or for more race details, visit cityofelgin.org/foxtrot

Elgin Bids Bon Voyage to Alft: Dozens of Elgin dignitaries and longtime residents gathered at American Legion Post 57 in early April to wish former Elgin mayor, Gail Borden Library trustee, Elgin High School teacher and longtime Elgin historian, E.C. “Mike” Alft, good luck as he and his wife, Fran, relocate to Pennsylvania to be closer to their children. An Elgin resident since 1950, Alft, 90, authored over a dozen books on the history of Elgin. [Photo courtesy James Harvey Photography]
Jason Pawlowski, Director - Communications & Events
jpawlowski@elginchamber.com, (847) 741-5660